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Jockey Club backs emergency rule changes

The Jockey Club is in favor of emergency rule changes that are likely to be implemented on Thursday by the state Racing and Wagering Board.

The new rules come on the heels of a report on an investigation into almost two dozen horse deaths at the Aqueduct Race Track's inner turf during the winter meet. The emergency rules, which can be seen below, include limiting the time frame for certain steroids to be administered and the right for a new owner to void a claim for horses that are taken off the grounds.

In the letter to the racing board, Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director for the Jockey Club, supports the proposed emergency rules. The letter, which is available below, notes the Jockey Club has been calling for many of these reforms for years. In particular, though, the Jockey Club was encouraged by recommendations from the task force on the administration of corticosteroids and the 21-day withdrawal window for clenbuterol.

"We hope that the Task Force recommendations are enacted quickly, not only in New York but throughout the country, for the sake of our athletes and the integrity of our sport," Iuliano wrote. "As always, The Jockey Club stands ready to assist all regulatory authorities and racing associations as they implement the changes outlined in the Task Force report."

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Jockey Club Letter to Racing Board

Emergency Rules 1

Emergency Rules 2

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